The Henderson Loves Locals


By Susan Benton,

Not long ago I was invited to a Love Locals event held at The Henderson, a Salamander Beach & Spa Resort, in Destin. This amazing hotel property is the swankiest we have in the Florida Panhandle, and offers incredible views of the Gulf and the state park west of the property from just about every turn. The drive up to the resort with valet parking isn’t so bad either.

After a tour of the property and sunset cocktails on the rooftop veranda, I dined at Primrose on exceptional cuisine prepared by the hotels new executive chef Brendan Davey. Hailing from Sea Island, he brings his low county style to the menu. I highly recommend the Seafood Paella filled with mussels, shrimp, the fresh daily catch, garden peas, and saffron rice. It was just delicious.

The Loved Locals VIP program is exciting to me as a local who likes going to the spa, dining on the finest of foods, and who enjoys a staycation or two each year. Getting a discount to do so is even more enticing.

The Henderson strives to incorporate local artisans into every aspect of the hotel as much as possible, and is always seeking opportunities to give back to the community. Local residents of Florida’s Emerald Coast who reside between Panama City and Pensacola are welcome to register online with The Henderson to become a “Loved Local.” A card will be issued in your name, and you automatically will have a membership with the Henderson. Pretty nice!

The green Loved Locals membership card can be presented at the hotel’s dining, spa and retail outlets for the cardholder to enjoy exclusive discounts and special offers year-round.
“We have received such a warm welcome from our community, and we are thrilled to give a little back to our loyal locals,” said Douglas Hustad, general manager for The Henderson. “We invite everyone along the Emerald Coast to come join us with their family and friends to fully experience all we have to offer.”

The Loved Locals offers will change each quarter, providing new reasons to return again and again to enjoy The Henderson. Those who register will hear first-hand about next season’s offers via email.

Whether looking to book a couples’ retreat and hang out by the adult only pool, take a weekend away with kids who will love the lazy river, soak up a spa day with the girls, or just savor a date night for dinner at Primrose, I suggest signing up for Loved Locals as there is everything to gain, and nothing to lose.

If staying on property, choose from Gulf, pool, or garden view rooms and enjoy savings on the beautifully appointed, luxury accommodations. They are based on availability and some restrictions may apply.

Foodies will receive a discount on all food and beverage outlets including Primrose restaurant (serving breakfast, lunch and dinner), the Sushi bar (dinner service), Horizons bar, Sunrise poolside bar (seasonal), and Sprinkles ice cream shop. This offer does not apply to special events.

Indulge in great savings on wellness treatments at the luxurious Salamander Spa. The welcome ritual is so calming and gets you focused on relaxation and well being. There are 11 treatment rooms that offer manicures, pedicures, massages, facials and more. And, mindfulness retreats, wellness retreats, and yoga retreats are available to sign up online.
The Loved Local cards are not transferable. Offers are only valid on new reservations and bookings and cannot be combined with other special offers and discounts. For more information on the Loved Locals program, visit